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  • Students, athletes and friends mourn the loss of Fremd’s Bokor Jan 8, 2015 9:00 PM
    Rich Bokor spent the majority of his life helping kids get the most out of their lives. Whether it was in an advanced placement history class at Fremd, on a cross country course or in a track workout, Bokor’s goal was to inspire and drive his students and athletes toward success that would last a lifetime. So, nothing changed for Bokor when he received a life-altering diagnosis of incurable colon cancer in September. The same philosophies he used for years to help others — even after retiring from teaching and coaching at Fremd in 2003 — would be followed to help himself in his greatest challenge. “All the stuff he coached and preached in coaching and the classroom ... he practiced what he preached,” said close friend and Fremd boys track coach Jim Aikens. Bokor’s fight ended Sunday at age 66. It was definitely much too soon for someone who still had plenty to give to others.

     
  • Celebrating Palatine High girls cross country excellence at French Market Dec 20, 2014 3:36 PM
    After going on a jaunt with a running club, Palatine High School’s girls cross country team gathered where they finished at the downtown French Market in the village train station for a celebration of state and national achievements Saturday. The team took second in the Illinois High School Association’s Class 3A cross country championships in Peoria in November. The Pirates placed 12th in a 22-team field in a Nike national cross country competition in Portland, Oregon, this month.

     
  • Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen reflects on her amazing Heisman weekend Dec 19, 2014 6:16 PM
    Lauren Van Vlierbergen was back in her comfort zone this week at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. But last weekend is not one Van Vlierbergen or her family will forget anytime soon. It was one of those weekends that will live in the archives forever. Maybe not a life-changing experience but most certainly a weekend that proves being a well-rounded student-athlete can pay off in a big way.

     
  • WW South coach Todd remembered as ‘a great guy’ Dec 18, 2014 12:24 AM
    They were two tall, young men in 1987, standing on bleachers at the Oak Park-River Forest field house, checking their stop watches and marking down times like track coaches do.

     
  • Wheaton Warrenville South mourns cross country coach Tom Todd Dec 12, 2014 7:21 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville South High School community is mourning the death of a beloved cross country coach and science teacher. Tom Todd died Wednesday afternoon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago after a two-year long battle with lymphoma. He was 61. Boys cross country parent coordinator Keena Anderson described Todd as a big man with a strong presence, but a “soft, wonderful heart.”

     
  • Jacobs' Van Vlierbergen wins Wendy's Heisman Award Dec 13, 2014 8:39 AM
    Jacobs senior Lauren Van Vlierbergen was named the national female winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award Friday night at Best Buy Theatre in New York. “Oh my gosh, it's unbelievable,” Van Vlierbergen told the Daily Herald just as she and her family got back to their hotel from the ceremony. “It's such a huge award and such a huge honor.”

     
  • Fourth place not a first for Naperville North at nationals Dec 10, 2014 8:56 PM
    Naperville North’s girls cross country team wouldn’t normally fly to a meet. Then again the Nike Team Nationals, run Dec. 6 in Portland, Oregon, is like Huskies coach Dan Iverson said, “kind of a different thing.”

     
  • Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen excited for Heisman trip Dec 10, 2014 8:54 PM
    Lauren Van Vlierbergen has stood on many podiums and had many medals draped around her neck during her illustrious high school running career. But the medal the Jacobs senior will receive this weekend, and another one she could win, may be the most significant of this young student-athlete’s life.

     
  • Girls cross country: Palatine nets 12th-place national finish Dec 8, 2014 9:04 PM
    Palatine’s girls cross team definitely exceeded expectations this fall, especially considering they only returned three varsity runners, putting the lineup in constant flux throughout the summer. But Pirates responded in a big way, capping their season on Saturday with a 12th-place finish in the 22-team field at the Nike Cross Nationals at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Ore.

     
  • Palatine runner hit by car returns to school surrounded by support Dec 6, 2014 7:01 AM
    Ryan Kissane, a Palatine High School senior, made his first return to the school surrounded by family and hundreds of supporters on Friday night after being hit by a car last month. “I was pretty beat up,” Kissane said, surrounded by friends and teachers wearing shirts reading “Once a Pirate, Always Family.”

     
  • Girls cross country: Palatine targeting national appearance Dec 3, 2014 3:10 PM
    On Saturday, Palatine was awarded one of the at-large bids and will be among the 22 teams to compete at the Nike Cross Nationals at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Ore., at 10:05 a.m. Saturday. It will mark the third time in six years that Palatine will compete at the Nike National.

     
  • Palatine High boosters raising money for injured runner Dec 3, 2014 8:11 PM
    Ryan Kissane and members of his immediate and extended family are planning to be in attendance at Palatine High School about 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, for the basketball game against Fremd; this will be his first visit to school since the cross country runner was seriously injured in an accident.

     
  • Palatine boosters support family of runner hit by car Nov 22, 2014 7:15 AM
    Palatine High School showed it’s a big school with a big heart as its booster club rallied the student body to raise money for the family of Ryan Kissane, an 18-year-old cross country runner who was struck by a car Thursday morning while jogging with teammates.

     
  • Palatine HS cross country runner hit by car; driver cited Nov 21, 2014 11:00 AM
    A Palatine High School cross country runner injured Thursday morning when struck by a car while jogging with teammates has been upgraded to stable condition and his injuries are no longer considered life-threatening, police said. The driver of the car that hit him has been cited for having an obstructed windshield and failing to yield to a pedestrian.

     
  • Three Judson cross country runners to compete in national championships Nov 20, 2014 9:07 PM
    It has been a historic year in the women’s cross country program at Judson University, as three runners will once again make history on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national cross country championships.

     
  • Former rivals team up in Harper’s national title run Nov 14, 2014 7:14 PM
    Like many athletes who compete for Harper College, cross country runners Juan Barajas and Brennan Albuck were once high school rivals. Barajas attended Schaumburg, and Albuck ran for Hoffman Estates. Fast forward two seasons, and the former rivals became elite teammates running to a second straight NJCAA championship.

     
  • Conant’s Dale commits to Illinois Nov 13, 2014 9:29 PM
    For Conant senior cross country runner Zach Dale it was a matter of finding the right fit, and he found it with the University of Illinois. Dale announced on Monday that he would be taking his running talents to Champaign, where he'll join Class 3A cross country state champ Jesse Reiser of McHenry in the incoming recruiting class.

     
  • Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen a Wendy’s Heisman finalist Nov 13, 2014 5:43 PM
    Jacobs running standout and recent Michigan recruit Lauren Van Vlierbergen has been named the female Illinois state winner in the 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman Program and is now one of 12 national finalists for the award.

     
  • The future looks bright for Naperville North, Glenbard West Nov 11, 2014 8:06 PM
    Naperville North won the IHSA’s girls Class 3A cross country title on Saturday and in 2012 and was runner-up in 2013. Glenbard West won in 2013 and was third on Saturday and in 2012.

     
  • Harper wins fourth straight men’s cross country national title Nov 10, 2014 9:03 PM
    On Saturday in New York, the three-time defending NJCAA Division III men’s cross country national champions made it four in a row. Paced by sophomores Juan Barajas and Brennan Albuck, Harper College once again ran to victory in the national meet hosted by Finger Lakes Community College at Bruce Bridgman Cross Country Course in Canadaigua, N.Y. Barajas won the individual championship in 27:29.9 with Albuck close behind, taking second and finishing in 27:32.5.

     
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